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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184738675X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847386755
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Westerfeld's teen novels include the Uglies series, the Midnighters trilogy, The Last Days, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and the sequel to Peeps. Scott was born in Texas, and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia, and New York City.

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"a story that develops with ease and pace, fleshed out with vivid descriptions and well-developed characters that hold the attention and tug at the heartstrings. The sweet and skilled illustrations by Keith Thompson add to the overall nostalgia Leviathan manages to create for a time and place that never quite existed. A fine example of steampunk fiction." Nadine Monem, on totalscifionline.com

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'YA's hippest author' Scott Westerfeld is the author of the hugely popular Uglies series. As well as the Midnighters series and three stand alone YA novels, he has written five science fiction novels for adults. He and his wife, Justine, divide their time between Sydney and New York.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty at the Overflowing Library VINE VOICE on 20 Nov 2011
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I loved Leviathan being a fan of Steam Punk and a history geek and was so excited to get round to reading Behemoth. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed and enjoyed it as much as Leviathan and am equally excited about getting started on the final book in the series.

The thing I loved about these books is the characterisation of the two main characters Alek and Deryn and the contrast between the two. I love both of them separately and also love the relationship built up between the unlikely pair.

I love the world Alek and Deryn live in. There are many parts which you recognise from history which excited the history geek in me. I often found myself looking up people and places and events elsewhere whilst I was reading it to find out a bit more about the main events and what in fact did actually happen. I also love all the steam punk elements and the combinations and contrast between the world of the Darwinists and Clankers. I particularly love all the Beasties particularly gorgeous little Bovril.

The main storyline in this instalment was fast paced and engaging keeping me wanting to read more and more to find out what was going to happen. I also really enjoyed the scenes with the rebel groups and thought there were some brilliantly funny scenes which I loved reading. I loved the pictures that appeared alongside the story and really felt they added to the story.

A fantastic instalment in the series which I enjoyed. I am looking forward to reading Goliath very soon and finding out how everything finishes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Temple Phoenix on 16 Sep 2011
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This is the sequel to the already impressive Leviathan, and continues Westerfeld's rollicking alternate universe take on the Great War. We continue to follow Deryn and Alek as they and the living airship Leviathan embark on an important mission in Istanbul.

The author depicts the exotic city beautifully, with both period detail and his own additions- some very cool animalistic walkers and steam powered shadow plays, among others.

The world might be just as great as in the original book, but here the characters take centre stage, as they and their relationships deepen and develop. Alek begins to fully consider his destiny and possible role in ending the conflict, and Deryn struggles between duty and friendship, and examines her own burgeoning feelings for the archduke's son who still thinks her a boy.

There are great new characters too, in the resistance fighters our heroes befriend within the city. We also finally discover what is inside Dr. Barlow's mysterious eggs, and those expecting a powerful warbeast of some kind might be pleasantly surprised.

The tale builds to a thrilling climax as the protagonists face the horrors of a new German weapon, and the action scenes throughout the book are of a higher standard than those in the original book.

Sterling work, too, from Keith Thompson, whose illustrations just get better and better. His drawings impart bags of character to Alek, Deryn and their friends, and he excels at depicting the industrial machinery of the Clankers as well as the biological monstrosities of the Darwinists (Cronenberg would be proud).

Now the only problem is waiting for the last installment!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
At the end of "Leviathan," the Clankers and the Darwinists did actually manage to work together in order to save all their lives. But... you know that couldn't possibly last. And things immediately get tense in "Behemoth," a steampunky adventure story filled with political intrigue and Middle-Eastern grandeur -- and Scott Westerfeld expands his story far beyond the main characters.

It doesn't take long for Alek to realize that he and his companions are about to be imprisoned by the British, once they're no longer useful. Fortunately, they're headed to the Ottoman Empire. But when the Leviathan lands in Istanbul (NOT Constantinople, Dr. Barlow reminds us!), it becomes obvious that all is not well. England's autocratic "borrowing" has angered the sultan, who is more inclined to favor the Germans... who also happen to be in the area.

In the meantime, Deryn is being sent off on a secret mission that may give the British a triumph over the Ottoman navy, even as Count Volger blackmails her with her little gender secret. And Alek has escaped to somewhere in Istanbul, where he falls in with a small band of rebels -- which could lead to a shocking shift in power.

The first book was all about escaping from the Germans/Austrians, but "Behemoth" focuses on a the political upheaval of war. Scott Westerfeld spends a LOT of time on diplomatic and political matters in this book, and the delicate balance of nations. But don't worry, politics doesn't make this book boring.

Instead, Westerfeld makes this story into a steampunk thriller, with smoothly-intertwined subplots and some tense action scenes (being chased through the Istanbul streets on a giant mechanical beetle!).
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Scott Westerfeld has done it again. Leviathan was left on a cliffhanger (of sorts - there were so many questions left unanswered). Knowing the main characters already made Behemoth a pleasure to read. The new characters are equally charming, and provide Deryn with a few problems. Young romance blooms in several directions - not all as you may think! At last we find out what Dr Barlow was trying to hatch. Alek sneaks away and actually steals one of the hatched animals, which causes quite a bit of mayhem. Alek is on the run from a lot of people. It wasn't necessarily the wisest move, but he carries it through, making valuable friends who will be able to help Deryn.

As much as I love life in the sky (there is some in this book) I liked seeing Deryn live on the ground. The environments both she and Alek find themselves in captures the imagination, especially with the accompanying detailed illustrations. I love the words that are created for cursewords - they made me laugh. Both Alek and Deryn suffer tragedy in this book, coupled with enormous character growth through the events that unfold. They've both come a long way from the start of their adventure in Leviathan, and I'm eager to see where the next book takes them. Undoubtedly it will bring about scary new foes, as well as familiar ones.
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